Monday, May 8, 2017

Finals Announcement

Hey everyone, 

I talked with some students and their seemed to be a few that couldn't make the final, so I think I am just going to decide to make it that the final project is due on Monday the 8th (MWF class) or Tuesday the 9th (TR class) by 5:30 pm.  But you do not have to come to class if you have already finished and turned it in.  

If you wanna use the time on Monday/Tuesday to  work in the lab, go ahead.  Just get it in by 5:30.  I will be around from 3 to 5:30 if you have any questions about anything.  But to repeat, if you have turned in your project (via sending me a Youtube link) , you are done, you don't have to come on Monday or Tuesdat.

feel free to message me if you have any questions

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Finals Schedule

Monday May 8th 

MWF class 3-530 in computer lab

Tuesday May 9th

Tue/Thu class 3-530

After Effects Tutorials

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sites to get sound effects - homework for next week, collect at least 10

Project 8 Uncanny

S A L I E N C E - A short by Paul Trillo from Paul Trillo on Vimeo.

Working with self- or group- shot footage that we will produce in class on Wed(4/26) or Tue (4/25), you will work to explore the idea of the uncanny and the human body through time-based, image manipulation.  You will shoot a short video of yourself in front of the green screen then compose a short video/animation based of the theme of the uncanny. This project is purposefully open to interpretation.  

strange or mysterious, especially in an unsettling way.

"an uncanny feeling that she was being watched"

This can involve any number of tactics, from green screen/layering to re-colorization to particle effects. Your final product should be a 20 (minimum) second HD animation which demonstrates some aspect of the Uncanny. This project can and probably should be abstract in every way.  Do not concern yourself with narrative, just use symbols, video footage, color, shape, rhythm, and sound to define your idea.  Use instrumental sounds and sound effects (no singing) to create meaning or rhythm.  Favorable grades will be earned by those who create an animation which demonstrates both an understanding of the tools within AE as well as an understanding of the forces at work in critical discussions of the Uncanny.  

Process - 

Step 1: collect audio tracks and ideas for class, do so before step 2.  

Step 2: film short scenes in Photo/Mocap lab in Grant building on Wed  4/26 or Tue 4/25. 
Step 3: edit your compositions

In class demo 1 - after effects keying and motion graphics
In class demo 2 - particle systems, masking, 

Due Dates - 

MWF class: due at the beginning of the class final, Monday, May 8th 3-5:30 PM.  

TR class: due at the beginning of the class final, Tuesday, May 9th 3-5:30 PM.  

Videos must be edited to H.264 encoded Mp4 files in Adobe Media Encoder, then uploaded to Youtube, just like Project 7.  

Ideas - 

Super powers or mutations ala the Uncanny Xmen
Bodily transformations like accelerated puberty or illness, mutation
Repetition, duplication

Use a cinematic montage structure rather than a traditional narrative structure, and a montage aesthetic (layering/fragmenting/compositing different imagery)

Use your self in a self portrait, realist manner, or use a sillouhette to hide your identity.  You may use your full body, or selected parts in the final images.  You may also use props during the green screen demo.  


Sallience by Paul Trillo
Skateboard Pitfall
Floras Fancy Free
More greenscreen skateboard
More compositing
Green Screen River
Virtual Ribbons

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Due to the recent flooding....

Due to the recent flooding in parts of the art building. there are no classes allowed in the art building on Tuesday April 18th.  Any class you have elsewhere on campus is still in session...

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Senior Exhibitions start this week, through 5/8

Starting Monday, April 10th-May 8th, the Art and Digital Media Studies Senior Exhibition Series will begin. All of the Senior Lectures will be at 12 pm in the Gallery of the Clyde H. Wells Fine Art Center. Attend the lectures, support your seniors!

Leslie Richardson: April 10 -12 with lecture on 11th
Ryne Clem / Marybeth Powers: April 13-17 with lecture on 13th (Mary Beth) and the 17th (Ryne)
Braden Preston / Brandi Alfred: April 18 -20 with lecture on 18th (Brandi), and 19th (Braden)
Maria Beasley / Traci Zook: April 21 -25 with lecture on 21st (Maria) and 24 (Traci)
Sarah Castillo: April 26 -28 with lecture on 27th
Shelby Culberson: May 1-3 with lecture on 1st
Julie Richmond: May 4-8 with lecture on 8th

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kinetic Typography tutorial

reminder, there is no class Wed, Thu, or Fri, so you must complete the material used in this tutorial for your project 7 by next Monday on your own.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Project 7 Kinnetic

FROM PAPER TO SCREEN from Thibault de Fournas on Vimeo.

Choose a piece of text/dialogue from a speech, book, spoken word piece, poem, audio book, etc. Transcribe the sound into words, or record the words into sound, and have both the sound and words ready. You will then animate the text and sound in After Effects. The final movie must be at least 15 seconds long (try not to be more than 25). Bonus points if you write and record the audio yourself.

I am going to have to say no movie or TV show dialogue, as the dialogue doesn't really make sense if you haven't seen the show in most cases.  Plus those mediums already have a strong visual component, I want you to create a visual from something that does not have anything visual associated with it.  No song lyrics either, because most song lyrics are not that profound if you remove them from the context of the song.

When/What do I turn in?

Due at the end of the day April 19th  (MWF) or April 25th (TR), to be turned in as a Quicktime movie file and on youtube.


Read text on the page, by nature, is a time based process. Some read fast while others read slow. While your project is taking audio from a specific source, the way you present the audio visually is your way of making the piece your own, and directing the viewer. By doing this assignment, can you change the meaning of the text through motion?

Type and supporting shapes are allowed only. Focus should be on type. You need to indicate in the video whom the quote or poem is by at the end or beginning of the sequence.

Sources, consider TED talks, alternatives to TEDgraduation speeches, audiobooks, podcasts, stand up comedy, other lecture based websites

Vimeo Channels - Kinetic Typography
Creative Bloq
CSS Design Awards
Designer Daily

Darkly absurd GIFs from famous paintings

Darkly Absurd GIFS of famous paintings

Sorry I just found this, I know it is a bit late for the last project...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Collect three types of images for your GIF demos next class.

1.  one still image you can manage.
2.  one short video
3. a series of pictures that you can turn into a stop motion.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Project 5 questions

  • Does this poster attract your attention, do you feel like learning about the subject?
  • What qualities of the work make you feel it is a success?
  • Offer a suggestion for the artist about how to improve or expand his/her ideas

Project 6 Loop

You will create a GIF Animation in photoshop of the style of a digital collage, but with motion.  Fell free to mix up various styles from retro to realistic, HI def to VHS video, digital to hand drawn...make something that is works as a looped short video.  
For this assignment you will build 2 GIF animations in Photoshop; it is similar to the digital collage but with motion. Approach the GIF format as a timeline on a continuous loop: can you make something that uses this idea of repetition?

The theme for this project is "the Human Condition".  What are the things we do in our daily leaves repeatedly that effect our moods and outlook, for better or worse?  How can we visualize something through repetition that gets at the essence of our existence.  You must name each gif based off the emotion you are trying to capture. Be true to yourself.  The more specific and honest your work is the more engaging it will be.  
GIF assignment specs:

– document size: 480 px on longest side, 72 dpi (this can be achieved at export)
-gif may be created with video photos, or stop motion, or all of the above
- no obvious copyright material
-gif named after specific emotion
- due beginning of class Tuesday 4/4 (TR CLASS) or Wednesday 3/31 (MWF CLASS)


2017/18 Tarleton Art/Digital Media Scholarships

Visual Art Scholarship—                                                                                                                                                              $3,700.00

Willie L. & Eve K. Tate                                                                                                                                                            2,437.50
            Each recipient receiving a full scholarship (not to exceed the cost of tuition and fees for a student enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours) must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours each regular term with an overall grade point average of 2.75 or better. 

Dr. Marie Meisel Cedars   3,000.00
                  The recipient shall be a full-time student majoring in art

Ethel Lewallen Memorial Scholarship        150.00
                  The recipient shall be a full-time student majoring in Art.  The student shall maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to continue receiving the scholarship for a maximum of no more than five years.

McKee Jane Smith   700.00
            The recipient shall be a Tarleton student of any classification majoring in Art.  The recipient should have and maintain at least a 2.5 overall grade point average and a 3.0 grade point average in art.  The recipient will also be selected based on his or her portfolio of work.  Incoming freshman meeting Tarleton State University admission requirements may also be considered.

Joe R. and Teresa L. Long    2,000.00

Spirit of Tarleton (from COLFA)                                                                                                                                       2,000.00
Spirit of Tarleton (from COLFA)                                                                                                                                       2,000.00
Spirit of Tarleton                                                                                                                                                                      2,000.00

Spirit of Tarleton                                                                                                                                                                      2,000.00

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Registration starts after spring break

The Summer/Fall 2017 courses are available for viewing. Classes may continue to be added as well as changes made to meeting days and times, rooms and instructors until classes begin. After you register for classes, please review your schedule periodically for changes.  

Registration dates are as follows:

March 24         Honors College Students, Texan Reps, Athletes
March 27         Doctoral/Graduates/Post-Baccalaureate/Senior Students
March 30         Junior Students
April 2             Sophomore Students
April 5             Freshman Students

Registration is based on a student’s current classification. In progress courses are not included when determining classification for registration purposes.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Apply on March 22nd for Student Exhibition

Apply on March 22nd for the 3rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition. This year's juror is Dallas artist Randy Guthmiller. To apply, turn in 1-3 of your best works to FA room 162 by 5pm on March 22nd.  Work must be ready to hang or be screened by a projector/TV.  Please talk to the faculty if you have any questions! You may print your digital work in the lab, just ask your Professor.

How to apply for scholarships at Tarleton, do this before sending images

once done with this step you may send 6-8 images to

Monday, February 27, 2017

Shepard Fairey: Obey This Film

Shepard Fairey: Obey This Film from Brett Novak on Vimeo.

Project 5 Service

You are to find a non profit organization that interests you in some way. You may find one on, click under "organizations". You may also try If there is a local non profit that could benefit from some design work, then by all means pick one, as they might be interested in your finished work. The best projects will come out of picking an organization you have some interest in.

You are to create a one page poster that will serve as an advertisement for a specefic event or attraction of your chosen non-profit. Go to the webpage of the non-profit you are interested and see what kind of fund-raisers or outreach events are scheduled year to year.

What is due and when?
 By 3/1 (MWF), 3/2 (TR), send me a link to the website of the event you have chosen with a 250 word essay that describes your personal reasoning for your choice. In your essay explain how your poster idea will address the needs of the client and would attract people to attend the event. You must also include three posters that you have found on the web that serve as inspiration for your design. (worth 25 percent of the grade)

Final Due date 3/20 (MWF)/ 3/21 (TR) (75 percent of your grade) due at beginning of class.  Provide instructor with an exported PDF of your poster.  

Design Limits:

Illustrator Basics 3

Using fills to create color
Using and creating Swatches
Using color groups of swatches
Using the gradient tool in Illustrator
The knife, scissors, and eraser tool 
Gradient Mesh tool
More tips for the Gradient mesh tool
Making radial sun rays
Making Patterns

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

Project 3 Group Critique

Form Groups of 3 - Presne4t your work, Collect emails, and email your work to each member of your group.  Then fill out this form.

  • Identify some of the points of emphasis in the work you noticed first (i.e., specific scene, figure, movement).
  • Does the work remind you of other things the artist did not mention, such as your own experience (i.e., analogy or metaphor)?
  • What qualities of the work make you feel it is a success?
  • Offer a suggestion for the artist about how to improve or expand his/her ideas

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Project 4 Vector

Take an image of an object that you own that you are fond of.  Something that is of particular importance to you.  The object should be not too easy or not too complex.  You will place this photo into illustrator and trace it using the shape and pen tools in Illustrator in class.  

You should understand the following Illustrator basics, the move tool, the direct selection tool, lasso, pen tool, convert anchor point, brush/penicl, shape building, mesh tool, color palette, 

Your tool could be a plant, a tool, something from the antique store, just something that you think is interesting looking visually.  It is recommended you bring a couple ideas to class.  Remember you will be rebuilding these objects in Illustrator with drawing and shape stacking.  

Project due: end class of Tuesday 2/28 (TR class) and Monday 2/27 (MWF class)

Please bring an image of an object(s) you care about to class on Mon or Tues next week  

Final works must include a graphic background, shading, and completed fill coloring.